Following on from my piece in Print Week...

Recently Jo Francis asked me my thoughts on robotics following on from a BBC series on intelligent machines.  You can see the original article here:

Iqraa Hassan – invited me to expand on the theme:

As early as 2000 I had installed robotic systems like the one below into factories at St Ives and before that we had significant investment in Automatic Guided Vehicles (AGV’s)– which were basically un-manned fork trucks that ran on a track in the floor.


(Image courtesy of Rima System)

So robotics is not necessarily new, what is exciting however is that technology today is getting much more sophisticated and less expensive. So that in the future they will be easily justifiable.


The national daily newspaper that has the youngest readership, The Sun, has lost more than 40% of its copy sales in the past five years. But so has the oldest, The Daily Telegraph. Newspapers are in real trouble and finding it difficult to create digital services. Even the once golden Mail Online is losing ground. Tough times indeed for Fleet Street's former big beasts...

Dominic Graham de Montrose discusses digital platforms including Twitter's dropping share price and our reliance on search engines such as Google.


"The impact of last week's disappointing results on Twitter's share price may or may not turn out to represent systemic problems in its business model, but it prompted a thought experiment - what would happen if, god forbid, it went under?


Whether you’re attracting a customer or a potential partner on a date, you have to make a good first impression. In dating, you practice your best jokes, dress nicely and smile. In business, you create a super sexy lead magnet.

A lead magnet is how you can create an unforgettable first impression on your potential customer, i.e. that glistening smile of attraction that makes someone approach you at a bar.

With the right lead magnet, you are endowed to attract as many ideal customers as you can handle. You tell them, “I’m willing to give you this super sexy lead magnet in exchange for your name and email address.”

Paul Herbert

Freeman Paul Herbert a partner of Goodman Derrick LLP was listed as a Star Writer on intellectual property in the issue of The Lawyer dated 22 June where he wrote about the Intellectual Property Act of  

iwsmallService in the printing industry has changed out of all recognition in the last decade. It has had to.Where the most advanced sheetfed printers might have been outputting 35 to 40 million per press then, they are producing 65 to 70 million today. 


John Buffoni MD of the Ryedale Group reflects on combining the history of a family firm with forward looking innovation.


Chris Tonge is Sales and Marketing Director of Ultimate Packaging Ltd who are experts in the production of printed flexible packaging.  He writes:

tonymashtinyTony Mash, former CEO of the British Coatings Federation and currently Chairman of the Stationers' Industry Committee part of the remit of which is the Innovation Excellence Awards, writes:


Christopher Leonard-Morgan writes: Don't write handwriting off yet! It is ironic that the personal stationery market is enjoying a resurgence at the same time that such great strides are being made on the technology front, but perhaps we shouldn't be surprised.

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